“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.”

It rained earlier and it’s still cloudy and damp, but I don’t mind as we’ve had such lovely days of late. There is a high wind warning for all of tonight into tomorrow. Despite the damp, it will be warmish, in the mid 60’s.

Last night I watched Lady in White, one of my favorites this time of year. Despite no blood, no masked killers and no hatchets and knives, the movie is scary. The characters, including the murderer, are regular people living in a lovely small town. It is this ordinariness which makes what happens even scarier than watching a crazy man in a mask.

Tonight is game night with added Halloween fun. We’re going to decorate sugar cookies first. If that is anything like when we make and decorate our gingerbread houses, we’ll all be concentrating so much on our artistic endeavors we won’t be conversing, just decorating.

When I was a kid, we’d all be on Halloween countdown with only two days to go. Finalizing costumes and deciding our candy route were prime topics of conversation as we walked to school. Our costumes were always homemade, and my mother was imaginative. The only thing she bought was a new mask for each of us. We carried pillowcases as they had plenty of room for all the candy. My two sisters went out early and stayed in the neighborhood. My brother and I wandered all over town.

I loved movies which made me jump from something unexpected. It was sort of fun to be scared but the fun was mostly afterwards once our breathing normalized. When I was about ten, I was watching The House of Wax and got really scared when Vincent Price’s mask fell off his burned, scarred face.

I remember seeing Jaws for the first time. When Hooper scuba dives to look for the shark, he finds Ben Gardner’s boat. He and I both jumped when Ben’s face appeared out of a hole in the boat. I think that’s the scariest scene in the movie.

Afternoon football games on Sunday always remind me of my dad. He sat in his spot on the couch to watch the games. Right beside his spot was a table which was perfect to hold his game snacks or his lunch depending on the time of the game. He loved his snacks and he loved football. My mother and I didn’t watch and were usually at the kitchen table playing a game or two. We didn’t have to be with my father to know how the game was going. He was never a quiet fan.

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6 Comments on ““There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Halloween is a public holiday here this year 🙂
    Well, actually it’s not a holiday because of Halloween but about Martin Luther’s theses which started the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. Whatever, pumpkin or paper, we gladly take the additional holiday.
    Have fun tonight!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit.

      I love holidays celebrating the fermenting of a revolution. When I worked, I loved these single day holidays.

      When I was in school, I always had November 1st off so I could stay up late on Halloween. The only thing problem was it is a holy day of obligation, All Saint’s Day, and I had to go to mass.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Thursday is the Remembrance Mass at which time we receive a candle to light over the season. Each year I polish an antique candle stick, light the candle at Thanksgiving and Christmas in memory of my Mother and then the remains of the candle sit for a year. The candle stick tarnishes and I start again

    SO, this morning I started polishing the candle stick in preparation for Thursday, and BANG next thing you know Mrs MDH has every silver item in the house requiring my attention. …4 hours later, I finished.

    I am thinking about putting up the Christmas stuff.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think the remembrance is lovely. I think I will do the same though I’ll have to purchase the candle. My mother deserves Remembrance.

      I have some silver but it is covered so I don’t have to polish it often; after all, I have no Hedley with his skills with silver.

      I have Thanksgiving stuff to put up.

  3. Bob Says:

    When I was kid we had a countdown for every holiday that included gifts or candy. 🙂 My love of sweets has put several dentist’s kids through college.

    My father in law was a TV football fanatic. He spent Sunday and Monday nights in his favorite chair, with his snacks and would scream obscenities informing every neighbor that millionaire professional players shouldn’t play like high school boys. 🙂 He was a Chicago Cardinals fan even though they moved to St. Louis in the 1950s. He followed them even after moving to Dallas from Chicago in 1975. He finally gave up on them when they moved to Arizona.

    A beautiful day with clear skies and cool temperatures.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I used to joke with my dentist that I was buying him a new boat. We only counted down to Halloween and Christmas.

      My father followed the Giants until the birth of the Patriots. He would be thrilled with the current Pats. He too was a screamer but not usually with obscenities. He also groaned a lot.

      We didn’t have a beautiful day. We even got an alert from the police chief about the heavy winds and rains.


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